Week 1 discussion
You will be making extensive use of MyMathLab (MML)
to complete the assignments listed in order on the Course Schedule. The
help resources available inside the Homework questions and the Study Plan
exercises ought to be used in the following order: first Textbook,
then Video or Animation (if available), then View an Example,
and then Help Me Solve This.
a. How and when do you
plan to make use of the MML Study Plan?
b. Please choose at
least one of the other many help features and resources available in MML (e.g.,
Help Me Solve This, View an Example, Sample Tests) and explain how you plan to
utilize that to help you to succeed.
c. If you have any math
questions as you start using MML, you can also ask them in this
forum, and help your classmates out by answering their questions. If you
do choose to ask a math question, a high quality question is one where you show
what you tried, explain what you were thinking, and say what the correct answer
was that you were unable to get.You can ask questions about any section that
you are working on.
The discussion is worth a total of 19
points this week. Posts are graded as follows:
+5 points for each high quality post (you should have 3 or 4 posts per week),
or +3 or +4 points for low or medium quality posts.
A high quality post adds something new to the discussion. You will get credit
for posts on MML, for questions of any kind, and for posts helping other
students with math. A post that just says, "me too" or "I
agree" without adding something new or saying what was helpful counts as 0
Please reply to other students whenever possible. For example, if you want
to talk about the MML "view an example," and someone else has already
talked about it, reply to their post, instead of starting a whole new thread.
+4 Points for posting by Wednesday at midnight.
and Solving (graded)
We know that when
simplifying, we must follow the algebraic order of operations. The order of
operations is as follows. First, perform any operations containing parentheses.
If the parentheses are “nested”, work from the inside out. Second, perform any
operations with exponents. Third, perform any operations involving
multiplication and division working from left to right. Finally, work
operations with addition and subtraction again from left to right.
On the other hand, when we solve an
equation, we go in the opposite of the order of operations! Watch my powerpoint
(attached here) on how and why!
For this discussion, please post at
least three times on one or more of the following topics:
1. Set up and solve an equation, or simplify an expression. For each step,
say why you are doing that step.
2. Responding to my thread on solving inequalities. If you are asking a question about or
solving an inequality, please post it in this thread, do not start a new
3. Respond to at least one other student's comment or question, or verify that
they have solved the equation or inequality correctly.
Remember that your first post should be before Wednesday at midnight.
Week 3 discussion
Algebra Concepts (graded)
Communication is considered
an important component of mathematics education in order for deep learning to
occur. Choose a specific algebra concept that you think you understand well,
and explain it in your own words. Then, present a math problem for your
classmates to solve making use of this concept.
Topic 1: math help. Free, live, online
tutoring and more is available from Smarthinking by clicking on “Tutor Source”
under Course Home. Post your ideas for making good use of Smarthinking to help
you succeed in the course. Remember that you also have the new Professor Live,available
Wednesday and Thursday (Noon to 10 p.m. Central Time) and Saturday and Sunday
(Noon to 11:59 p.m. Central Time), via the Adobe Connect, .adobeconnect.com/plp">https://join.adobeconnect.com/plp.
Please let us know if you've tried either one, and tell us your experiences
Topic 2 slope. This
week, we'll do two only two assignment sections, but they are pretty tough
ones! I've attached one powerpoint here, on slope, that should help. Please
take a look and comment
or ask questions on slope as needed.
Topic 3: equations
of lines and fractions. I will post a powerpoint about
equations of lines and fractions, for when you get to the second section for
the week. Please view the powerpoint and respond to my post with questions or
This week, you are studying for the second test,
taking the test, then going on to the next two sections. I am again attaching a
powerpoint I hope will help (below this box).
1. Test taking strategies: how do you make use of the study plan in MML,
tutoring, and other study strategies?
2. Solve an application (“word”) problem from the text, Homework, or Study Plan
showing all of your work. For each step, provide your reasoning. How did you
start? What prompted you to try a particular strategy? Did you try any other
strategies that did not work? How did you check your answer?
Important reminders about the test and pretest:
- Take the
first attempt early in the week. This allows you to use the
study plan to review during the week. The study plan will give you
problems like the ones you got wrong, and can be accessed under course
home ("mystudyplan") above the week 1 tab, on the left side
of the page (not in MML, in ecollege, where we do our
- Review your
first attempt before trying a new attempt. To review what you got wrong,
and to see the correct answers, click on "my gradebook,"
on the left side of the page, above the week 1 tab (not
in MML, in ecollege, where we do our discussions).
- The review
is set up to only allow you three attempts. If you don't pass it with an
80%, I will give you another attempt if you work the study plan
problems. Please work the study plan and review what you got wrong
before emailing me.
Choose a common mistake, or
a mistake you have made, doing an algebra problem. Show the incorrect method,
explain why it does not work, and then show how to do it correctly.
Choose a Terminal Course
Objective (TCO) from the Syllabus that you’ve learned in the course and solve a
homework or Study Plan problem that relates to that TCO. Be sure to include the
TCO in your post.